I was driving down Henderson Hwy the other day and saw someone on a Harley sporting brand new Hells Angels colors. I thought they were all in jail. I remember a few years ago the police rounded them all up and put them away. I also remember once the Angels were off the streets, the young criminals got a bit out of control.
The Angels kept the gangs in line. They made sure the young gang members were not bringing too much attention to themselves. The Angels are business men, and they have rules (or maybe guidelines) they adhere to. One rule, or guideline is that they don't cause trouble with regular citizens. It's bad for business. But when the Hells Angels were rounded up and put in jail, nobody was left to keep the young gang members in line.
So, when I saw the colors the other day, I got a bit excited. Could it be? Are they back? Are the Hells Angels back in town? I sure hope so. I look forward to spotting more H.A. colors on the backs of bikers this summer. And each time I do, I will feel that much safer, in my home in the North End of Winnipeg.
It's an odd statement to make; that I will feel safer when the Angels are back in town. But it is true. If the Police cannot keep these young gang members in line, the Angels definitely can. And the gang members will actually listen to the H.A. They will listen because there are real consequences to not listening to a Hells Angel. There is a consequence that the law cannot provide. But it is one that the young punks know and fear.
As odd a statement as this is, the North End, and Winnipeg in general, just might be safer with the Hells Angels running security over the gangs.